What is a Savonnerie Rug and How is it Made?

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In the 17th century French artists and weavers employed by King Henri IV invented the art of making Savonnerie Rugs. We explore why these rugs command over a million dollars at Sotheby's, what makes them so artistically and technically demanding to make and why their technique has never been copied by oriental rug weavers.   1. This Savonnerie carpet with vibrant blues, gold and red can pose a challenge to a decorator. But the early 20th century Parisian decorator knew how to create a fabulous setting for it in the Salon des Huets in the Musee Nissim de Camondo, Paris. Read More

Clients Should Let Us As Decorators Do Our Job – Brian J. McCarthy

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Interior Designer Spotlight with Brian J. McCarthy Brian J. McCarthy, Inc: New York, Southampton, Greenwich, St. Tropez, Gstaad, Monaco AD100 designer Brian J. McCarthy has such an elite clientele, that it is not surprising his website's portfolio is password protected. Brian was a partner at the legendary New York design firm Parish-Hadley before starting his own firm in 1991. Brian is on all the most coveted lists such as Architectural Digest's AD100, Elle Decor’s A-List and New York Spaces Top 50. He has been featured in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Veranda, New York Magazine and The New York Times. He has published two books, Luminous Interiors and Parish-Hadley Tree of Life: An Intimate History of the Legendary Design Firm, which he co-authored with Bunny Williams. The highly respected Franklin Report awarded Brian four stars and quotes clients saying, "Everyone who walks in is blown away by the warmth and details." "Brian is on an intellectual mission to find the beauty in any period." "He strongly encourages you to find your own design viewpoint." Join me as Brian shares with us his opinion on how clients could get better results if they would just let decorators do their job, what it was like to be a partner at Parish-Hadley, trends he's tired of seeing, how decorating is moving back to color and pattern, how he chooses designer rugs and much more... Read More

How 7 Fashion Designers Choose Decorative Rugs for Their Own Homes

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How do fashion geniuses chose decorative rugs for their own homes? Are their homes as glorious as their fashions? Can we apply what we learn from their interiors to our own homes? We take a  look at the homes of 7 fashion leaders- Isaac Mizrahi, Jenni Kayne, Hubert de Givenchy, Josie Natori, Geoffrey Beene, Tory Burch and Liz Claiborne to learn from their decorating approach. Read More

Savonnerie Rugs Bring Luxurious Style to 4 Interiors

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If you would like to design a room that has a grand and luxurious atmosphere that immediately captures attention then you should consider starting your room design with an attention getting Savonnerie rug. These rugs are synonymous with luxury and style and are just the thing that can heighten the drama and make a room memorable. Created for French royalty, these rugs are often paired with rich fabrics, grand furniture and great art. The four rooms show how top decorators use Savonnerie rugs to create interiors that are the ultimate in luxury and regal drama. Read More

Savonnerie Rugs Unify Modern and Traditional Styles in 4 Interiors

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Originally made for French royalty to reduce the need for importing Turkish rugs, Savonnerie rugs soon were being made in uniquely French designs painted by the leading fine artists of the day. These rugs almost invariably bring a certain regal feel to any room. It’s almost impossible to put one in a room and not have images of royalty, or perhaps presidents - several grace the White House. But they can add a certain touch of class to a sophisticated, contemporary design, as well. While Savonnerie rugs frequently come in bold colors and patterns, they also come in a variety of more subtle tones and patterns, making them a perfect choice for a more modern design in need of a touch of class. These four rooms show how top designers decorate with Savonnerie rugs in fresh and modern ways.

Add Glamor and Warmth to Modern Spaces with Savonnerie Rugs

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Savonnerie rugs embody the opulence and fine artistry of classical French culture.  These knotted pile carpets feature classical architectural elements combined with floral elements rendered in a classically French manner. We usually associate these rugs with grand salons and formal dining spaces, but this is not the only places designers use them. In fact top international designers use Savonnerie rugs to bring sophistication to modern spaces and to add disand informal spaces as well.  If you're looking to add a stately, refined look to your next project, Savonnerie rugs are an excellent place to start. Read More

Savonnerie Rugs Add Pizazz to Fashion Celebrities’ Homes

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Interior design and haute couture have one thing in common- they are more about style than fashion. Ralph Lauren explains it this way, “Style is very personal. It has nothing to do with fashion. Fashion is over quickly. Style is forever.” Savonnerie rugs are an example of a style that is always in vogue. Not only are Savonnerie rugs held in high esteem by today's top interior designers such as Michael S. Smith, they have been favored by the biggest names in haute couture fashion such as Oscar de la Renta, Yves Saint Laurent, Hubert de Givenchy and Hubert Guerrand-Hermés of the House of Hermés. We will view the homes of these four fashion leaders to learn how they decorate with Savonnerie rugs. Read More

Savonnerie Rugs Enrich 3 Blue and Gold Interiors by Alberto Pinto

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Paris-based decorator Alberto Pinto has had an array of cultural influences that are reflected in his work. Pinto was born in Morocco to Argentinean parents, attended school in France and lived in New York City. Pinto has designed homes for many heads of state and celebrities and is adept in working in different cultural settings all over the world. Pinto has developed a special flair for decorating with Savonnerie carpets and today's three glamorous rooms by Pinto can teach us a lot about decorating with Savonnerie rugs and using blue and gold in the right balance. Read More

Savonnerie Rugs Add Drama and Flair to 4 Interiors

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Savonnerie rugs are famous for their regal style and excellent craftsmanship.  Loved by French royalty for centuries, Savonnerie rugs are elegant and perfect for those looking to decorate with a traditional, but dramatic, flair.  Their glorious colors and sophisticated color palettes make them an excellent anchor for a variety of decorating styles. Savonnerie rugs are particularly effective in pulling together interiors that have a mix of modern and traditional furniture and art. Read More